Monday, March 31, 2008
I need spring. I loathe winter grossness and cold weather. I need to get out of this house for fear of losing all sanity. I need to smell the wet cement and flowers. I need to bust out my short and Capri's and show off my extremely white legs and ugly toes. I need a heating bill that does not cost a small fortune. I need mud instead of salt on my shoes. I need more than four hours of sleep. I need.....to cut Lonnie's hair..he's beckoning right now.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
And that is all I have to say about that. Pray for me!!
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Yes, those are stickers on his nipples....so?
I wondered where his food was going....I thought he was eating rather quickly, turns out he's a bit of a sneak.
It was glorious out today, much warmer and NO wind. I took full advantage of this weather by shutting Baylor outside. He was absolutely driving me crazy. Our yard is big, fenced, locked and pretty safe, so I have no problem sending him outside (and watching him through our enormous kitchen window) So I turned around to feed Brody and couldn't find Baylor....panic set in until I realized he was half way up the lilac bush. Looks like we have a climber. I knew he loved trees, he hugs them occasionally on walks. I asked him if he was okay and he yelled back, "yea mom! I'm just a squirrel!" Yea, you're nuts. He was SO naughty today...threw sand at the window, threw sand at me, pushed Brody and threw a large hard orange ball at his head after I said, "don't even think about it, if you throw that ball at Brody, I will spank you." and then he threw the ball at his head (he's got great aim though, maybe he'll be a pitcher) So inside we went and spankin he got. He found every button that he could possibly push with me and pushed it...twice. (I hate spanking by the way, but it works with Baylor and it's biblical so we do it when needed and I really don't have to explain myself, but it makes me feel better)
Last night was a bit rough, it started out with crying at 9:30...let him cry, went back to sleep. Cried at 12:30...not a little cry, but more of a "I'm in pain" high pitched shriek. Got him, fed him and put him back down. 3:30am cried, pulled himself up...let him cry...he actually put himself back down and had stopped crying...until Lonnie came in (he had a bad dream on the couch) great timing dear :) Then all hope was lost. Was up for AN HOUR!!!! and then finally fell asleep at 4:30. He did sleep until 8am though...that was nice. Tonight, I did our bedtime routine, bath, bottle, book, songs and then put him down awake...he fell right asleep! Now I keep telling myself I will not get him if he cries, but end up giving in after ten minutes of crying...looks like I'm the wussy. Maybe tonight will be different. One can only hope.
So it's sprinkling right now and I have to admit, one of my favorite smells in the world is......wet pavement. Seriously. I just stood outside and took a huge whiff of wet cement, bring it on spring. Some of my other favorite smells include.....men's cologne (makes the lady weak in the knees) pine trees, dryer sheets and clean baby.
On that note, I bid you Ado.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
So I tried to upload a video of Brody sitting on Baylor's trike and laughing like a fool, but obviously it failed. Funny story though...we got the trike last year second hand from my aunt and hid it in the shed over the winter because Baylor's feet couldn't reach. I dug it out in desperation, trying to find entertainment while Iowa makes up it's mind on the weather situation. Baylor had seen it last year and loved it but apparently forgot it was his and when I brought it in he yells, " oh wow! a present for me!! thanks mom!" That's right buddy, all yours. Looks like I'll be hiding toys more often and wrapping up some of his less used toys for his birthday. Anyways, the second this video stops, Brody tipped over and slid off. He's fine and as always he thinks he can fly.
So I look forward to life's little adventures and any excuse to get out of my house. With one car, it's been quite a challenge and I end up walking blocks in wind, rain and snow. So I was super excited about visiting the library this morning after Brody's power nap (seriously child, these are getting old fast) so I bundled the boys up, strapped on the backpack with Brody and held crazy man's hand. We walked two blocks to our library and Baylor talked the entire time about getting a new Veggie Tales video (we let him get one video a week and we have seen NOTHING BUT Bob the tomato and Larry the cucumber!!) We round the corner and see a sign on the door that the library is closed ALL THIS WEEK for repairs!!! Nooooooooooo, drama on the street. We managed to make it home and call dad to come get us with the car and drop us off at the Cornell library. Hey, at least I got to leave my street.
Today it's a little nicer, around 45 (which I'll take over sub zero temps any day) and I'm going to clean out the car. Like I said before, having one car with two kids means absolutely no room what so ever in the backseat except for car seats, books, toys and an ice scraper. I think there is something hiding in the cracks though...there is a stale french fry odor mixed with sour milk or something I can't quite put my finger on. I'm pretty sure there is enough sand in there to fill Baylor's sandbox. We don't have a garage either so the trunk is filled with strollers, lawn chairs, blankets, first aid kit, jumper cables and who knows what. Someday though we'll get another vehicle. I have to admit I'm very anti mini-van. (sorry mini-van driving friends, that's your choice...we can still be friends) I want a huge station wagon...a woody (you know, giant wood panel on the side...who the heck puts wood on a car anyways?) very old school, or a cross-over SUV (like that is ever going to happen in the next ten years) but I swore to Lonnie and myself that I would never drive a mini-van. I will be a soccer mom, just not one in a min-van. BUT if we decide to add to the brood, it might be our only option...grrrrrr. Then again, I could always get a truck (my dream car) and strap Baylor in the back :) I think mini-vans are giant marshmallows on wheels that mom's use as weapons!! I understand that people need them with lots of kiddos and old people like them for God knows why. Maybe I'll get that motorcycle I've always wanted with a little side car? Now there's the picture of safety. I love my 35 mpg Corolla, but it is small and now that everyone and their mama drives a mini-van or SUV, I feel so unsafe and I do not skimp on safety when it comes to cars/car seats/driving/helmets. I'm sure I'll be writing in a few years bragging about my new mini-van :)
Sunday, March 23, 2008
This is the test of total toddler temptation....five seconds later....one green peep had disappeared.
Two handsome devils.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Yea Brody, that's how I feel sometimes too!!!
Trying to escape from the bath turtle....this was before he could crawl, now he tries to crawl out of the tub. What a nice little tush...must take after dad.
Someday you're going to get in big trouble for sticking your tongue out...but it's super cute right now.
So Easter is tomorrow....soooo early. I baked my famous carrot cake this morning for tomorrow and we're headed to Gramma and Papa Koser's for some swell Easter food. My Dad splurged and bought prime rib, not sure what got into him, but I will not argue with good red meat....just the way I like it, almost mooing. Baylor is stuck on this whole Easter egg thing...he is obsessed with "hatching" eggs. He makes a nest in his bed every night and when you ask him what he's doing he says, "Mom! I'm hatching an egg!" He carried around a real egg for a few hours yesterday until I heard another.."mom.....the egg hatched!!!" Great....it "hatched" all over my floor, thanks Baylor. I have great Easter memories. My brother barfing after eating too much chocolate bunny head and jelly beans, matching dresses with mom (they even matched my permed bangs!!! ouch) and hunting for eggs in the house and then finding them months later :) No, seriously I love Easter and we shouldn't forget that it's not all about the stale peeps (which by the way are almost done) but how Christ died for us and rose again! So look beyond the bunnies and maybe we can see the true meaning of Easter.
Speaking of Easter dresses. I was all excited to fit into some of my old dresses again (I was pregnant last Easter) and then I realized that in order for this to happen, people were going to see my legs. I will admit I have nice legs (at least my ego thinks so) the shape is perfect BUT they are covered in spider veins (genetics sucks) and so white that sunglasses may be necessary for viewing. So I've decided against the dress (it is only 34 today) and will try to wear something springy (even though I'd much rather wear jeans and a t shirt, that's the way I am) The boys have matching outfits, I had to do it now when I can get away with it. When they're older they will fight me tooth and nail and then I'll let them wear Elmo P.J's to school.....I'm all for dressing Independence, Baylor can't even take his socks off but he can name 12 dinosaurs including anklyosaurus and apatasaurus...go figure.
McCrabby calls. Have a great Easter!!! HE has RISEN!
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
I'd like to give a shout out to my great mommy friends....who brought me chocolate last night because they knew I was about to throw in the towel or self destruct. You rock my face off. I had it for breakfast :)
Too tired to write much, computer screen is blurry....but it's band night, joy!!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
I made one ginormous list of things to do today and didn't accomplish near what I wanted. In case I haven't said it before, I'm stinkin ready for Spring. Ready to open my windows, air the house out, hand laundry on the line (if I had a line) sweep the salt and sand out the door and let Baylor be the crazy boy that he is (outside) He is SOOOOO ready to be outside and run around, get dirty, eat dog poo, play with dangerous sticks and throw rocks.....and I'm ready to let him. I'm trying not to put a damper on his boy behaviors, because it's only natural for him to want to run around naked, wrestle and growl at me. Our society is too focused on smothering the boy right out of him....let them be boys!!! They need to be free, be wild ,but be respectful and polite.
I had quite the day with both boys, they were in rare form. I got my bath water all ready, got my book, got my face mask (last time I tried to do it with Brody in the tub and scared the crap out of him, but who wouldn't be scared of a lady with green slime on her face? ) Got a glass of wine and put one foot in...."Wahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!" "Moooommmmmmyyy!!!!" I pretended that I had lost all hearing for those few minutes and the crying actually stopped. I got to enjoy 15 minutes of pure bliss....and as Baylor says if he's in the bath too long, "I gots all pruney!!"
Happy St.Patrick's day!
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Must go now. Brody is having major crying fits, thinking it's plumbing related.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Baylor, showing me his big manly muscles.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Got groceries today (note to self: never shop hungry) but I was without children, I pawned them off (just kidding, someone offered to watch them) which by the way has been a HUGE blessing in my life! Grandma is sick with some cold/flu...she came up Sunday...so we are waiting for symptoms from all three of us....I have a scratchy throat and my ears hurt, but I can handle a cold...the flu on the other hand. We all got flu shots (not that that matters anyways) except for Brody because he was too young, so I hope we all just stay healthy, we've made it this far!!! Which speaking of spring (kind of) it's 45 today and tomorrow...even nicer!!!! Maybe this will melt the icberg in front of our mailbox and maybe, just maybe we can get our mudroom door shut (it's still frozen open) More goodies, including doggie bombs, are yet to be discovered in the back yard. I will take mud over snow any day.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Friday, March 7, 2008
Still cold. Wishing for warmth and no more snow. Tomorrow it's cabinet painting time! Late...need sleep.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Ouch. All I have to say. Brody has two bottom teeth and now has all four top teeth, which make for very sharp bunny fangs. He uses them for chewing toys, chewing crib, chewing new rain boots and chewing mom. If any a time to think about weaning, it would be now. I think when you become a mother, you lose all consciousness of space and time. Like today when I called a friend who's birthday I knew was on Tuesday....I swear it was Tuesday, so excited that I remembered, I phoned her up. Wrong. Today is Wednesday. Birthday yesterday. Hello!!! Good news, it's Wednesday....tomorrow is Thursday and band day (a long awaited escape to normal adult conversation and release of stress through music) I am embracing the inner band nerd whole heartily and have high hopes for Baylor in the music department (this kid can make a sound on a trumpet already and plays the vacuum cleaner attachments like a pro)
So I was reading (yes, reading) an article on the best classes for toddlers. Hello?! You cannot put the words classes and toddler in the same sentence. The article went on to describe which art, music, gym classes were best and how much they would cost. Here's a thought...how about you teach them yourself?! You are the mom right? Gym class: playing outside, park, running on track, sandbox, jumping on couch. Art class (my personal fav): finger painting, play dough, glue, sparkles, crayons, ripping paper, chalk.....making an enormous mess. Music: spoons on pans, plunking on severely out of tune piano, vacuum cleaner attachments, singing Veggies Tales songs. So my point being, do we really need, "classes" to teach our kids this stuff? They are eventually going to spend a good chunk of their young life in "class" why not let them enjoy their freedom while they can. So many things can be learned inside the home and outside of the home with the best teacher of all...the mama (or the daddy) For example, yesterday at the library, mister curious pants found a dead wasp......which he was dead set was a beetle. So what a great opportunity to teach him about wasps, check out a bug book and learn from something crusty and dead. Now he thinks he has a stinger coming out of his butt (wouldn't that be nice?)
THINKING SPRING: Let the garage sale countdown begin. I've already started a list of the bargains I will be searching for. Can't wait. I'm actually thinking of having a little yard sale with a few friends. I have a few garage sale addict friends and I believe they have been foaming at the mouth, ready for the sales to begin. They are die hard though, I haven't reached the "wear biker shorts so you can try clothes on" stage yet. Lonnie just shakes his head when I leave at 6:30 in the morning in order to make it to the beginning of the sale...he's a rookie though, does not understand garage sale thinking, needs much training.
Got another inch of snow...only three inches from the record. We also had a nice chat with the mail man this morning....told us we needed to chop about five more feet of six inch thick ice in order for us to actually get our mail in our mailbox. Good luck Lonnie, you're all over that. I'll walk to the post office.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
So Brody's last week amazing sleeping at night adventure has ended with an abrupt screech. He is up two or three times a night again and taking half hour naps....what is wrong with my children? Why don't they sleep? Both boys were up this morning screaming....at 5am. I grabbed Baylor (still not sure why he was crying) threw him in our bed, then nursed Brody back to sleep (he totally didn't need food though) and tried to get another hour of sleep. Brody screamed for his afternoon nap before falling asleep for a half hour...just enough time for me to shower, dry my hair, start another load of laundry and finish the dishes. That is not what I planned on doing for my peace and quiet time. I just want to cry or punch a wall, I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong. Okay, deep breath.
Monday, March 3, 2008
Well, let's see here. Yet another Iowa snow/ice/sleet/rain storm last night. It started out as 55 degrees, then came the thunderstorm with rain (love thunderstorms) and then the temp dropped to 20 degrees, freezing rain and snow. Iowa is bipolar when it comes to weather. Looking on the bright side, Easter is in a few weeks and that means lots of chocolate eggs. Hooray for chocolate. Maybe this year it will be warm and we can actually hide the eggs outside. It's very early this year, but I'm at least hoping for green grass. My favorite Easter treat are stale Peeps....you have to open the package, leave them out a few days and then they're in perfect eating condition.
I had an follow-up ultrasound on my breast this morning to make sure everything was still benign, and it was. They gave me the option of having the mass removed later, but I'm perfectly fine without being sliced open thank you....unless they can give my post nursing boobs a little lift and then I'm all over that. I'm pretty sure that was too much information....sorry. My mom went with me (she's such a good mom!) and then came to our house for lunch and entertainment provided by Baylor. I'm not sure what it is, but whenever Lonnie puts Brody down for a nap, he sleeps two hours....then I put him down....45 minutes!!! What is up with that. I'm taking Baylor to the track today to run run run run and more running, hopefully burning off some of his pent up aggrestion towards his newly mobile brother. I also got my haircut on Saturday....very short. The lady told me I looked 12....great, that was not the intent. It's very easy (that was the intent) and fun and good for summer, we'll see how long it lasts.
Sunday, March 2, 2008
p.s I'm really glad the spellchecker is working again, no one needs to see how badly I spell or fail to proofread
Saturday, March 1, 2008
Baylor has been quite a little stinker these days because Brody is now moving....moving into HIS SPACE. He has been asking me if I could, "go put Brody in the kitchen" or " can Brody go away?" and poor little Brody just wants to crawl all over him and suck on his nose! My prayer is that they will be good buddies, sparing partners and only knock out a few teeth once in a while. I think the jealousy is finally setting in with Baylor, especially when Lonnie is away and can't spend quality dad time with him. C'mon Baylor, brothers don't shake hands, Brothers gotta hug!!